Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Any woman over 18 years old who can trace her lineage back to a Patriot in the American Revolution is eligible for membership.
DAR was founded as an offshoot of Sons of the American Revolution but has become bigger and more well-known. (Go Girls!) Headquartered in Washington D.C., there are 190,000 members and 3,000 chapters across the U.S. and internationally.
If you are female and lucky enough to have traced your lineage back to colonial ancestors, chances are you have a Patriot in your family tree. If you can prove it, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage society you certainly want to check out.
It’s a wonderful way to honor and preserve the legacy of your Patriot ancestor and much more! It's a great way to contribute to important service projects and make life long friends. Local chapters are involved in a variety of activities in their communities including:
Since its founding in 1890, over one million women have joined. Today's DAR members are women who come from diverse backgrounds and hold a variety of interests. Their common bond is their lineal descent from Patriots of the American Revolution. Some famous members include:
To be a member you must prove your lineage to an American Patriot. The good news? DAR has excellent genealogical resources to help you. The steps to becoming a member include:
TIP: Check DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS) on the DAR website to see if someone has already joined DAR using your ancestor. You likely have lineage in common and you can “piggyback” on the information approved in their application.
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